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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… The new Camaro ZL1. Yes, we’ve reached that point in the Camaro model cycle. The one where it’s time for Chevrolet to roll out the big guns at the top of the range. We already know these sixth-gen cars are from a different planet compared with the gen fives – not just in terms of performance, but build quality, detailing and desirability, too – with the bargain of the year 1LE V8 being our pick of the range right now. But we’ve been waiting for the ZL1 to see what this car can really handle. Now we know. What’s new on it? Other than losing nearly 100kg of ballast, it gains the Corvette Z06’s supercharged 6.2-litre 650bhp/650lbft – not a slightly detuned version, as originally reported – V8 LT4 motor with a wet sump plus a ten-speed gearbox – developed with Ford and which we first tried in the new Raptor. It also uses the big ‘Vette’s Performance Traction Management system, its active damping, its active rear diff and probably loads more bits we can’t see. That’s fine, they are all good. Its brakes are larger than the standard Z06 rotors. So it all looks promising on a spec level. What’s it like on the road?